The Animal in You

With Bestiality About to Become a Felony in Washington State, Charles Mudede Looks Back at the Crime that Shocked the World

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Some laws come directly from God. There is a thunderbolt, the smoke clears, and there they are, the Commandments on a stone tablet.

Most laws, however, do not have their origin in God but in man, which is the case with the law that will soon ban bestiality in the State of Washington. The man who inspired the creation of this earthly commandment is Kenneth Pinyan, a Boeing engineer, who, according to a King County Examiner's report, died on July 2, 2005, due "to acute peritonitis [that resulted from the] perforation of the sigmoid colon during anal intercourse with a horse."

If Pinyan hadn't died in that sensational manner, it is safe to say that fucking animals would continue to be one of the many pleasures that a citizen of this state is free to enjoy—just as long as he or she doesn't harm the animal in the process. For it was only after Pinyan died, when law enforcement looked for a way to punish his associates, that the legality of bestiality in Washington State became an issue and a punch line. Absent Pinyan's staggering sacrifice, the fact that there was no law prohibiting the coupling of man and beast would have never surfaced.

This is why it took the lawmakers of Washington—a very conventional breed of men and women—117 years to ban a practice that has no political support. There is no group in our state that advocates bestiality, and animals can't speak, so they have no say in the matter. It was an almost comically easy law to pass: When Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn) introduced Senate Bill 6417 to make bestiality a Class C felony, it instantly gained bipartisan support in Olympia. The bill passed on February 11, 2006, without one state senator voting against it (36-0). But, again, Senator Roach crafted the bill only after Pinyan's death, which was reported all over the world and last year had the impressive honor of being the most read story in the Seattle Times.


The absence of a law banning bestiality was never more apparent than it was on the day James Michael Tait—the man who, according to the Enumclaw Police Department, filmed the exact moment that the horse's monstrous penis fatally ruptured Pinyan's colon—stood before a judge last November. The prosecutor's office wanted to charge Tait with animal abuse, but the police found no evidence of abused animals on the many videotapes they collected from his home. As there was no law against humanely fucking a horse, the prosecutors could only charge Tait with trespassing. At the time of Pinyan's death, Tait lived in a trailer on a 39-acre lot next to a ranch that breeds Arabian stallions, and at night he and another man would, according to the "Charges in Enumclaw Horse Case" document filed by the office of the prosecuting attorney, "repeatedly visit the [farm's] barn and have sex with several of their [neighbors'] horses." Because the owners of the violated farm "were not aware that [Pinyan, Tait, and others who connected with them via the internet] were repeatedly coming into their barn and having sex with their horses," the prosecutors decided to file criminal trespass first degree charges against Tait. The other man was not charged because he wasn't on the videotape that captured Pinyan's last night on earth.

Tait was. Either Pinyan or the other man recorded Tait being fucked by and surviving the deadly horse—the men called this particular horse Big Dick (the actual name of the horse is unknown)—and, proof in hand, the prosecutor's office set out to punish Tait with the maximum penalty for criminal trespass first degree (one year in jail and a $5,000 fine).

This is how the trial went down: The courtroom, an ugly box whose high walls are decorated with a few posters of French impressionist paintings, was full of people waiting to be sentenced on minor charges. One gloomy young man, represented by what looked like a big-time lawyer, was charged with serving liquor to a minor during a party—shame on the teen who ratted on him. There was one heavy prostitute who brought her baby girl along for, one supposes, sympathy—and if that supposition is indeed correct, it worked: She was given a final warning. Next up was a young Mexican-American man who, like most of the offenders in the courtroom, was trying to beat a DUI—a pathetically common crime.

And in the midst of all these mundane legal proceedings? James Michael Tait, 54, tallish, with a strong build. He wears glasses and has light-brown hair that ends in a ponytail. If I had seen him without knowing his occupation ("trucker"), I would've pegged him for an environmentalist or a hippie who grows and sells organic vegetables. Tait's charge, trespassing, sounded as dull as the rest of the crimes being reviewed by the court that day.

Additionally, none of the other accused took any notice of him. But the boredom of those minor offenders would have been dashed in an instant had they known what was really going on between James Michael Tait and Judge David Christie, a man who bears a striking resemblance to Sam the Eagle on The Muppet Show. The state wanted to punish this man for horse fucking but because there was no law against it at the time the horse fucking occurred, the state could only charge him with a crime as boring as drunken driving, serving booze to minors, a failed attempt to turn a trick. Tait's trial was very short: Tait, flanked by two glamorous lawyers, pleaded guilty to the charge; the judge, without giving the case much thought, suspended sentencing for one year, fined Tait $300, and ordered him to complete one day's worth of community service.

"I want to make myself clear," said Judge Christie in conclusion, "If you ever cross into that property again, I will not be so lenient. Is that understood?" Tait nodded his head, promised never to visit that particular barn again, and left the courtroom in a hurry.

And that was the worst punishment our state could mete out to a horse fucker—until now.


Washington State will soon be a different place for men and women who, like Tait, have a sexual taste for animals. The measure, which is to be heard in the House Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee on February 23, will make bestiality a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum of five years in a state prison or a $10,000 fine, or both. It is a law that points an angry finger directly at James Tait: It bans not just bestiality, but "videotap[ing] a person engaged in a sexual act or sexual contact with an animal" (including a horse) "either alive or dead."

But as dawn breaks on a new era in our state, which will become the 37th state to prohibit human-animal sexual relations, one wonders why it took so long for such a law to be enacted here. There are two possible reasons for this surprising omission from Washington State's legal code: Either the State of Washington overlooked bestiality (which is not a bad thing to overlook considering there are much bigger problems to worry about—wars, poverty, earthquakes, health care... These issues are pressing; horse fucking is not), or, the reason for the law's absence—the one I believe is much more likely—is that no one wanted to contemplate horse fucking, much less talk about it. The formation of any law requires a lot of thought and even more talking. To pass a measure against bestiality means you have to picture it, write about it, and describe it in great detail.

Indeed, reading the law that was drafted by Senator Roach is very much like reading hardcore porn. Here is the last paragraph of the bill: "'Sexual contact' means any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of a person and the sex organ, mouth, or anus of any animal, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body of the person into the sex organ or anus of an animal, for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the person. Evidence of emission of semen is not required to prove sexual contact."


Enumclaw is a horse town near the southern edge of King County and the base of Mt. Rainier.

"You won't believe how upset people were when they heard about it," a waitress at Enumclaw's Branding Iron Cafe told me when I visited. The Branding Iron is inside a popular livestock market, the Enumclaw Sales Pavilion, which itself is not far from the barn where Pinyan's desire lead him to his fate. My young waitress has lived in this small town all her life, and she recognized the name James Michael Tait ("I've seen his credit card before"). She also thought that horse sex was gross but not a big deal. "But horse people around here were really pissed. It was like they were ready to kill those guys. 'You just don't fuck horses. It's wrong. It's evil.' That's all I'd hear while serving the tables."

Outside snow was falling. Across from the cafe wild-looking horses ran about in the snow, their steaming breath shooting out of flared nostrils. The smell of horseshit was everywhere.

Perhaps the equestrians of Enumclaw—sometimes called "horse people"—were upset about the horse fucking because it made their own closeness to horses seem somehow suspect. True, it's a socially accepted closeness, but it nevertheless involves touching the animals, brushing them, caressing their wavy manes, cleaning their hooves, breeding them, riding atop them. The only intimacy that separates the proud horse owner from the perverse horse fucker is the act of sex, which is why socially accepted proximity to horses is disrupted when placed next to socially rejected proximity to horses. Brushing them, caressing them, feeding them, riding them—these people are always with horses, and horses are always with them. So what truly differentiates an average equestrian from an extraordinary equestrian? One way or the other, both derive pleasure from horses.

And pleasure is the only function horses serve in our modern society. When Britain surrendered the territory of Washington to the U.S. government 159 years ago, horses were the most important animals to mankind. They delivered our mail, they carried us into battle, they pulled our wagons across the wilderness, they took us where we needed to go in the city. These days, however, the use value of horses stands at zero. We don't need them for anything. All we do with horses is trick them into jumping over hedges and other obstacles, or race them around tracks, or have them prance into arenas to show their useless beauty. From thick tail to mucusy muzzle, horses are all about pleasure, which is why, again, a socially acceptable relationship between horse and man is disturbed when it occurs in the same location as an unacceptable relationship between horse and man.

Until Pam Roach rode to the rescue, that is. Her bill will reassure the legitimate horse community, drawing a clean distinction between horse lovers and horse fuckers. "It's really a bill that will protect animals, who are innocent by the fact they can't consent," Roach told the Associated Press. It's also a bill that will protect horse owners, who, like horse fuckers, are not innocent.


Everyone knows about Kenneth Pinyan's death, but little is known about his life.

The Enumclaw Police Department stated that he was involved with Tait and the other man for about a year, and that he met the pair on the internet. Also, Pinyan worked at Boeing for eight years. Outside of that, all that's left in the public records is a document, a deed of trust, which was filed less than a month before Pinyan died. It is for a house Pinyan purchased in Gig Harbor on the Key Peninsula Highway. In the deed, Boeing Employees Credit Union trusts that "Kenneth D. Pinyan, an unmarried man" will repay over 30 years the amount of $144,000. Though the house is not close to the Boeing plants in Renton or Everett, or to Big Dick in Enumclaw, Pinyan moved into it anyway.

He would die before he could make his first mortgage payment.

The house is not easy to find. It's a blue manufactured home deep in the woods, accessed by a dirt road. The day I visited in November of 2005, I chanced to meet two of Pinyan's neighbors, a middle-aged woman and her teenage son. They sat in a running automobile—the very machine that cost the horse its prominent place in human society. The mother was cheerful; the son looked bored. I asked them if they knew Kenneth Pinyan.

"He's a nice guy, always friendly," said the mother. "I don't think he is at home right now, though."

Evidently she had no idea that her neighbor had been dead for nearly six months. I refrained from breaking the news to her at that point.

"He just moved in not too long ago," she continued. "Seems happy."

Why does he need all this property, I asked. Doesn't he live by himself?

"The last time I saw him he told me that he bought a horse in Enumclaw and was planning to bring it over here," she replied.

From the gate of Pinyan's property, one can see a miniature red barn. If Pinyan hadn't died that day, not only would bestiality still be legal in Washington State, but here, near the shores of Oak Harbor, an engineer who worked on the most complex machine in the history of the world would be practically married to a horse, a descendant of the dominant means of transportation for centuries. On the surface, the situation would have looked normal: Pinyan, a proud equestrian by day, brushing his horse's mane, riding the handsome creature—but at night he would cross the line.

At this point, I revealed Pinyan's situation: Madam, your neighbor is no longer among the living. Her face clouded with sadness.

"He's dead?" she said. "That's just awful. I didn't know."

Then I explained the manner in which he died, and the woman's sadness turned to shock.

"He liked to play the guitar," said the woman's son, apropos of nothing. "He liked making music."recommended


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That was an awesome read thank you.
Posted by clydesdale fist on September 7, 2008 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Dude whats the protocol for horse fucking ? I mean are you easy if you kiss on the first date ? And who brings the condoms you or the horse.

Posted by mike on September 20, 2008 at 6:53 PM · Report this
Leave ot yo a Boeing guy to park a 747 in a one-car garage!!
Posted by Lockheed on October 27, 2008 at 12:42 AM · Report this
I am disturbed but yet SO curious about this man. I heard about him recently and watched his video for the first time just a few days ago. I just want to know, at what point in his seemingly "normal" life did he cross over to the other side and "corssed the line"?
When I 1st saw the video, I got sick to my stomach. Then, I just wanted to know more. This article was a great read. However, I want to know more details about him and the life he lead. Was he gay? Was he ever really into women? What was his favorite food. HOW did he come about this and when? WHY horses? What were his last thoughts? Is he proud?
So many questions and no answers...

I enjoyed your writing. Please keep on...

Posted by v! on February 18, 2009 at 12:45 AM · Report this
LoL - and SaD too. Excellent writing, kinda makes me want to fuck a horse. Alas, now that its illegal, I shall never have the opportunity.
Posted by Equicurious on February 23, 2009 at 7:41 AM · Report this
Fucking homosexuals.
Posted by Kip Schoning on February 28, 2009 at 11:58 AM · Report this
that was one crazy funny farm, but not "ha ha" funny, no?
Posted by boomboom on February 28, 2009 at 10:09 PM · Report this
Usually I have no problem voicing an insight or opinion. In this case I simply do not feel qualified to judge. Difference strokes, as they say. My real concern is for the creatures. I know a poodle once who exhibited a real enthusiasm for what comes naturally to dogs. But are critters supposed to start worrying if we take their unconditional love the wrong way? Isn't it up to humans to do the right thing compassion-wise? After a second or two of delighted laughter at his cuteness, I made him stop licking my toes because it struck me as being unseemly plus it tickled like the dickens. Guys, seriously, it's just not quite appropriate, is it.
Posted by mzseattle on February 28, 2009 at 10:51 PM · Report this
So doing Bestiality and filming the act are illegal in Washington State-what about downloading it?Is it against the law to save Bestiality off the internet in Washington State?
Posted by Sniffy on March 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM · Report this
A very good read, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted by Austin Brock on April 12, 2009 at 4:14 PM · Report this
I think I learned a little more about Pinyan by reading this article. I am aware that he had a very private life. It's unfortunate that his death was so public and humiliating in a way. I mean, who would want ANYONE to know that you used to engage in sexual acts with your NEIGHBORS' horses AND that there are tapes with you on them AND that that's what killed you? It kinda sucks. But, at the same time, what's done in the dark comes to the light eventually, and also if it hadn't, then people would still be allowed to screw animals there. What's more effed up, is the fact that his friends ANONYMOUSLY dropped him off at the hospital, in a wheel chair, already dead. They knee they had fucked up to begin with. I also heard that he had been married with kids at some point but there was a divorce. Don't know how true that is, but if he was ever married and they divorced because of her finding out that he was scewinh horses, can you really blame her? Its one thing if your husband cheats on you with another woman or even another man, but a HORSE? Wow. I still have not seen that video, but I have heard the audio while watching YouTube reactions, and man, it does NOT sound good at all. It must've been very painful to do what he did. Anyway, I hope that people will see why you SHOULDN'T do animals, ESPECIALLY horses. Good grief.
Posted by Insight on April 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM · Report this
I have seen the video which already says enough about myself. My friend asked me if I wanted to see something really disgusting and I said yes...I now regret I had. I was instantly horrified by what I saw, and became sick to my stomach. Most of that sickness came from a feeling of remorse that I had for viewing a man's death...and in such a horrible way. Now, I find my self enthralled with how this ever came to be.
Yes I am guilty of visiting such sites as "rotten" or other like sites that are, i admit, very gruesome & in a sense takes a somewhat deranged mind to be even be curious about that stuff. It truly is desensitizing.
It's the sort of desensitization that allows us to hear about this stuff and laugh and make jokes, partly because it's just easier to deal with that way, and partly because it helps us accept it as a normal curiosity. Well, this is one curiosity that I will not accept. Bestiality is not natural or normal or fair to any animal that may become victimized by humans. It doesn't matter whether the animal is not being harmed or not. The animals have no choice, and that is being victimized. If you molest a child and the child doesn't know the difference is that any different. C'mon! at what point do we stop and really think about where we draw the line?
I think it is sad that this man for whatever reason felt the need, or experienced something in his life, that drew him to this lifestyle. And even more I feel bad that he had to leave this life in such a horrible way, alone.
Posted by toomuch on July 22, 2009 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Everyone is right. It's wrong if a horse or dog mounts you, you are abusing the horse or dog because they can't consent. This is why we should ban sex between horses or dogs; additionally, we should resume doing only what is "natural" and "not abusive," that is, taking animals to slaughterhouses, blasting a bolt through their foreheads to (usually) stun them, stringing them up by their ankles to be cut apart and eating their carcasses, poop contaminated or not.

Seriously--the horses weren't being hurt, and if I were one, I'd probably rather fuck a guy than have him ride my ass all over some dangerous course where I might break my ankle and get put down. If the law wants to intercede, then they should have a reason--I guess risk to participants, rather than the only thing that's actually going on: the yuck factor. Do we want laws banning scat and diaper fetishes? Or disgusting foods?

Posted by yonush18 on July 24, 2009 at 12:30 PM · Report this
There are members of the "pony play" fetish group at Wet Spot who also have sex with real horses. No joke.
Posted by Ditty on July 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Amusing as ever, Charles. I only hope that one day Enumclaw will shake the rep. Seem like good people.
Posted by presently out on July 31, 2009 at 8:48 AM · Report this
He didnt die from the fucking;that is horse packing all his meat in, he handled fine,lots of pre-lub juices from the horse.Then mistake,at full penatration now fully errect,his tip flairs,pluging this deep hole.Now what caused his death; horse climax's sealed in a stretched,thin tube of fleash,preasure and volume of horses delivery,ruptered the anal walls,and bled on inside. that deep he couldnt handle the amount of fluid and pipe split.for several years he was fucked by horses,they were limited on depth,at 12-14 inched he handles any horse cum easy .there the flaired tip and load pumped in expands the place where normally waste packs,clumps to form normal sized shit.he could have take a gallon of cum there.where it was actually delivered was maxed out by the invading shaft,if a human dick was that long and climaxed that deep in him he still would have bled,not die.not enough volume of cum pumped in to tear walls
Posted by medintno on April 6, 2010 at 11:31 AM · Report this
That any of you defend sexual acts with animals - any animal other than one of your own kind (human)- I can't wrap my head around it!!
Posted by luvhorsesak on April 16, 2010 at 8:53 PM · Report this
That any of you defend sexual acts with animals - any animal other than one of your own kind (human)- I can't wrap my head around it!!
Posted by luvhorsesak on April 16, 2010 at 8:56 PM · Report this
If horses are useless besides pleasure riding. Then how do you explain people who make a living from owning, riding, and competing with these animals. I disagree with what these men did, but I'm also offended that you basically called our horses pricey ornaments. You've been grossly misinformed of the equestrian world.
Posted by Jadow on April 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM · Report this
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These cases are more common than anyone cares to believe. I read this disturbing article about a study performed in the 1940s in which Kinsey asked 20,000 Americans about their sex lives. He discovered that 8% of males and 3.5% of females admitted having sex with an animal. But when he gave the test to men from rural areas, the numbers shot up to 50%. Now we have DOUGLAS SPINK (yes, any man who boinks a bronco deserves all caps) up in Whatcom County luring zoophilic tourists to taboo territory. Aren't there behavioral clues to this type of bangtail BS? I remember hearing about a guy in South Carolina who went to prison for doing a horse and when he got out he revisited his hoof habits at the Lazy B Stables and did the same horse again...which only goes to show that Mr. Ed's theme song is false...A horse is not a horse of course of course. Okay, so here is my question...I know someone is going to call me a perv, but what does it take to make a horse excited? Do they hook him up to something or let him watch National Velvet? Maybe lock him in his stall with Winner Circle photos? I just don't get this whole sordid thing, but am very glad a law is coming to the rescue.
Posted by Airball Annie on April 21, 2010 at 3:52 PM · Report this
Great article, and even, mostly, great comments--although I take issue with the one with two words "fucking homosexuals." Apparently the writer does know what fucking means, but the concept of the word homo-sexual is beyond his or her grasp.

Anyway I would like reinforce any point that banning sex with animals is fine, if too bad its necessary, but then in so many ways we abuse them--do they consent to be ridden? Do they consent to be paraded? Do animals consent to be food?
Posted by binhqxd on June 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM · Report this
Boeing employee parks B-52 in Piper Cub hangar? What do you expect?
Posted by BERNARD HRONEK on September 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM · Report this
DAMND dat vid wuz 2 wild 4 me....datz 2 much dick 4 a human being 2 b tryin 2 take!!!! Esp in da ass!! 2 bad dude had 2 find out da hard way!! RIP Pinyan. :~(
Posted by udohair2 on January 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM · Report this
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Worse yet, Tait moved to Tenessee where he was caught AGAIN. According to dreamindemon.com, "Tennessee is taking the latest situation a little more seriously and have slapped three charges of animal cruelty on Tait for what they found happened at Double Branch Road farm over the past several months after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen." He is now sitting in jail on a $125,000 bond.
Posted by kerfuffle on January 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM · Report this

I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are impassioned about your writing. I wish I had got your ability to write. I look forward to more updates and will be returning.
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Posted by MetalGear on April 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Apparently they're now going to outlaw engaging in bondage with the corpse of an animal. I think they're flogging a dead horse.
Posted by James Hutchings on April 10, 2011 at 5:00 AM · Report this
What is "consent" with animals ?
Does a horse "consent" to be turned into food like this :

Check this *legal* video of some *legal* fun !

Consent ?
What is "consent" ??... seriously....
Posted by Funny laws on April 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM · Report this
I think all the rules comes from God but it so sad that most of it is not followed as people not respecting themselves and are willing to do anything at any extent. Dentist NYC
Posted by ssara01 on May 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM · Report this
Funny as fuck. It's an interesting debate. Like most people my reaction is "ew yuck" but should it be illegal? I guess I'm on the animal cruelty view because they can't consent but woah, great article. And props for the "flogging a dead horse" joke. Genius.
Posted by Britgirlatheist on September 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM · Report this
The Wild Sow 30
"'Sexual contact' means any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of a person and the sex organ, mouth, or anus of any animal, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body of the person into the sex organ or anus of an animal, for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the person. Evidence of emission of semen is not required to prove sexual contact."

So....let me get this straight. It's still OK to collect semen & perform artificial insemination on livestock & pets...as long as one doesn't *enjoy* it?? Is that right?
Posted by The Wild Sow on September 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM · Report this
KittenKoder 31
I never knew that there was no law against it here. Too bad they enacted it too late to punish the survivors involved in it.

Animals cannot speak for themselves, and in such things like this, it would be impossible to say on a case by case basis what is sexual assault and what isn't, I personally think it's just wrong, but since sexual function is a physical reaction and there is little control over it, so making it against the law is only logical.

@30 Seriously, you have issues.

Posted by KittenKoder http://digitalnoisegraffiti.com/ on September 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM · Report this
If people want to do this in private then I have no problem with it. The horse or dog or whatever must be the willing penetrator and it must be in private, that's my only rule. Now that the state of Washington has passed this law, I presume the local tax payer is prepared to fund the police patrols that will be required to visit all the barns and stables throughout the state on a nightly basis just to make sure everyone is tucked up in bed with their cocoa. Oh, and I almost forgot, the police will need to take a middle aged blue stocking (frigid woman) with them to keep an eye open for any other hanky panky. In England during the Victorian age Farm boys used to go with dogs when they wanted a little vice a versa. I don't have any problem with that either.
Posted by barry harris on October 22, 2011 at 9:20 AM · Report this
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Washington State looks grim indeed.
Posted by michijo on April 7, 2012 at 8:41 AM · Report this
It breaks my heart how sick the world has become; it really does. That people would actually defend such activity. Not even five or so years ago, I was on a forum talking about increasing immorality and lawlessness, and how far the boundaries are being pushed in the name of human rights. EVERYONE on the forum absolutely mocked me for saying that with the way we're headed in society, eventually people will start defending bestiality.... well here we are.... already. If you desire to have sex with an animal, you're sick and you need help, please get some. :(
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